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Team Fortnum Compete At The World Championships In Japan

Team Fortnum Compete At The World Championships In Japan

8th November 2016

Exclusive Ballooning travelled to Saga in Japan this week to compete in the Hot Air Balloon World Championships.

Flying the bespoke Fortnum & Mason racer, the team were one of 105 balloon teams from all over the world who were competing at the event.

Exclusive Ballooning's Director Andrew Holly qualified for the World Championships by compeiting at various other events around the world. He is a three time national champion and finished 12th at the World Air Games in Dubai last year.

There was a variety of tasks set to challenge the pilots which include setting out targets miles from the launch site and the pilots must then use the winds at different heights to essential steer the balloon to the target. Once they reach the target, they drop markers and are then measured on the distance from the centre of the target to the marker.

Despite challenging conditions and ever changing light winds, the standard was extremely high with pilots scoring in centimetres on each task.

Congratulations to Team Fortnum who finished 43rd overall after seven days of competition flying.

Exclusive Ballooning's Racing Fortnum & Mason Team Compete At The World Championships In Saga, Japan www.balloon.tv

Exclusive Ballooning's Racing Fortnum & Mason Team Compete At The World Championships In Saga, Japan www.balloon.tv

Exclusive Ballooning's Racing Fortnum & Mason Team Compete At The World Championships In Saga, Japan www.balloon.tv

Exclusive Ballooning's Racing Fortnum & Mason Team Compete At The World Championships In Saga, Japan www.balloon.tv

Exclusive Ballooning's Racing Fortnum & Mason Team Compete At The World Championships In Saga, Japan www.balloon.tv

Exclusive Ballooning's Racing Fortnum & Mason Team Compete At The World Championships In Saga, Japan www.balloon.tv

Exclusive Ballooning's Racing Fortnum & Mason Team Compete At The World Championships In Saga, Japan www.balloon.tv

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